Thursday, November 3, 2011

Five Top Odd Hotels

The Quaker Square Inn
Yahoo: Seasoned road warriors know the drill: Indifferent hotel rooms decorated in various shades of drab, boring and sad. Just say "no" to re-circulated air and scratchy sheets, travelers. Change your reservations and check into one of these awesomely odd hotels:

5) Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho: Sometimes it's not such a bad thing to be in the dog house -- at least not in Cottonwood, Idaho. The owners take the definition of "dog lover" to new heights: The B&B was built in the shape of ... a beagle. Guests enter through the "belly" and sleep in the "head." There's also a cozy alcove in the "muzzle." Guests can commemorate their stay with a wooden replica of their favorite pooch, hand-carved by owners/artists, Dennis and Frances.

4) Wigwam Village, Holbrook, Arizona: Tired of boxy roadside motels? Go West, road trippers: In Holbrook, Arizona, you can sleep in a snug wigwam at the Wigwam Village Motel #6. Built in 1950, this motel is one of a series built around the U.S. The 15 free-standing wigwams/teepees come with either one or two double beds and feature cable TV and air-conditioning. There are no telephones, though, so you may want to brush up on your smoke-signal skills.

3) Liberty Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts: This luxury hotel has a dark past: It was formerly the Charles Street Jail, built in 1851. Luckily for today's guests, the former residents wouldn't recognize the joint: Jail cells were preserved and are now part of the snazzy hotel restaurant called "Clink." (Get it?) The former exercise yard is now a "private, beautifully landscaped courtyard," and the jail's atrium is now the airy, light-filled center of the hotel -- jailer catwalks included.

2) Quaker Square Inn, Akron, Ohio: There's nothing square about this Ohio inn. Literally. The former silo complex that used to house your favorite breakfast-cereal grains now house guests. But don't fear: The inn features all the modern amenities, including an elevator, so no sliding down a chute to get to the lobby.

1) Kokopelli's Cave Bed & Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico: If you've ever had one of those days when you wish you could just crawl into a cave, then this B&B is for you. The single guestroom/cave sits 70 feet below the surface, carved into a cliff wall. It faces west, so you can enjoy sunset views of the Four Corners and the La Plata River Valley -- 250 below you. No caveman accommodations here: The Cave boasts a queen bed, waterfall shower, hot tub and a full kitchen.

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